WHS Today

Importance of security

Security professional Shay Serrano talks to two students at West about their daily conflicts with some of the teachers. Serrano allows students to come to her whenever they need advice with anything or if they just want to talk about their day.

Cierra White, Reporter

February 13, 2020

Fights, arguments, disagreements, and other conflicts occur at schools, so administration and school staff hold a lot of responsibility to help keep staff and students safe. Security professionals Chris Carr and Shay Serrano are two of six security guards at West.  Security guards go by many names. They could...

Picking up the pace

Students walk through the hallways to their second block class after lunch. Hallways are seemingly cramped with students trying to get back to class after having 25 minutes out of the classroom for lunch.

Reagan Hoffman, reporter

October 15, 2019

When it comes to attendance at West, staff and administration ensures students get to their classes on time. It is now harder for students to skip with policies such as lock outs and sweeps that were instilled the previous year. Although these policies are working, the sweeps have some students start...

New school year, updated policies

Junior Caleb Stevens poses with the new Student Handbook in the newly renovated halls of West’s second floor.

Laurence Walker, print editor

September 10, 2019

The 2019-2020 school year will be another year of change. This will be Principal Cory Williams’ second year at West and there is an entirely new superintendent. Last year, the new administration introduced the lockout system and rid West of the strict backpack rules, among other things. This year, ...

Sweeping attendance issues out the door

Administrators emplace a hall sweep that  helps with kids in the halls skipping class. The halls sweeps are random and catch students, putting them in one of five rooms then further consequences will be decided.

Sophia Iniguez, Reporter

April 25, 2019

The administrators at West have launched a new effort to help keep students in their classrooms and out of the halls. This method is called the lockout system. The lockout system was used this year to prevent late and tardy students. Administrators, teachers, and students are all affected by this new po...

Crisis drills in the Davenport Community School District

West is required by law to have four fire drills, four tornado drills, and two A.L.I.C.E (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Encounter, Evacuate) drills per year.

Cameron Wilson, Reporter

March 20, 2019

Safety drills are important to practice in order to be prepared for a dangerous event. West is required by law to have four fire drills, four tornado drills, and two A.L.I.C.E (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Encounter, Evacuate) drills per year. Fire drills Fire drills were introduced into schools in 1958 af...

Powerlifting record setter

“I lifted for two years,” technology teacher Jason Franzenburg said. “[Bruce] is on a different level.”

Thomas Yates, Reporter

March 5, 2019

Squatting down over the barbell, sophomore Carter Bruce tightly grips his hands around the cold metal. His fingers tighten around the grate-skinned grip of the bar as he stands, his entire body shaking as he pulls the weight against the force of gravity. Sweat pours down his face as he slowly comes to ...

District special education approach being revisited

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Timothy O'Leary, Reporter

January 15, 2019

The Davenport School District has recently been under scrutiny by the state due to failures in the current special education programs provided. The district has received several audits across 2018, multiple relating to the special education department, namely being out of compliance with disproportio...

GEAR UP Iowa prepares Falcons for the future

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Joseph Potts, Reporter

October 24, 2018

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness Undergraduate Programs, also known as GEAR UP, is a grant awarded to the Iowa College Student Aid Commission that began in the fall of 2014. The grant was about $22 million. West is a part of  GEAR UP, a program to help low-income students to prepare for pos...

West High way

Williams decorated her door with a poster and a Packers flag to show her personality.

Naomi Walker, Co-Media Editor & Business Manager

August 28, 2018

Falcons begin the 2018-2019 school year with an almost all new administration headed by new Principal Cory Williams.   New Falcon faces Imagine sitting at home recovering from surgery and getting a text from the Associate Superintendent Rob Scott. Williams was in this exact position when s...

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